Botanical Name: Gaura lindheimeri
Common Name: Gaura  
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Water Saving Tip:

Check the soil's moisture level before watering.

You can reduce your water use 20-50% by regularly checking the soil before watering.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Pink, White


Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Patio, Walls / Fences, Walkways


Special Uses

Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Susan Frommer/Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

Gaura is a lovely addition to a perennial border, with its fine green foliage and delicate white to pink flowers. The plant has an open vase shape, and grows about 36 inches tall and 24 to 36 inches wide. Leaves are fine, green, and sometimes spotted with maroon. Flowers are arrayed on long stems and are reminiscent of butterflies; the blooms open from the bottom of the stems towards the top, over a long season of bloom (early summer to fall). Its airy quality creates movement in the garden. Combines well with other perennials and ornamental grasses. A number of named cultivars are now available, some with more distinctively pink flowers or variegated foliage.
Grow in well drained soil in full sun. Not particular to soil type, but it must be well drained. Over watering will result in excessive growth and a floppy habit. Heat and drought tolerant. Deadheading will promote more blooming and maintain a tidier appearance, but isn't necessary. The plant will reseed if situated in an amenable location. Though commonly known by its botanical name, it may also be known as 'whirling butterflies.' There is a stand of Gaura at the Washington Square Demonstration Garden.